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The T-800

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The official 1:2-scale model of the iconic T-800 Terminator Endoskeleton

Boxes Boxes

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(Not) Too long after ordering, a box of boxes arrived.

Tools of the Trade

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Model assembly needs some tools, only some of which were in my toolbox.

Half Way There

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My T-800 is half completed. He’s half armless (h-armless) and almost completely legless.

Mirror Images

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With the right side done, time to repeat down the left hand side.



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An Abridged Guide to the Unified Modelling Language 2


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What is a model? Why we model. UML, Architecture and SDLC. Systems, models and views.

UML Concepts

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The UML has three main concepts: things, relationships and diagrams.

UML Things

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Structural things, behavioural things, grouping things and annotation things

UML Relationships

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Dependencies, associations, generalisations and realisations.

UML Diagrams

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Thirteen diagram types in two main classes: structural and behavioural diagrams.

Common Mechanisms

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Specifications, adornments, common divisions and extensibility mechanisms.


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Architectural views and UML views.

Architectural Views

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Use case scenarios, logical designs, process interactions, development & implementation and physical deployment views.

UML Views

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Structural classification, dynamic behaviour, physical layout, model management.

Structural Classification

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Class diagrams, internal structure diagrams, collaboration diagrams, component diagrams and use case diagrams.

Dynamic Behaviour

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Class diagram, activity diagrams, sequence diagrams and communication diagrams.

UML Diagrams

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Graphs (drawing), vertices (things) and arcs (relationships).

Structural Diagrams

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Class, object, composite structure, component, deployment, artifact and package diagrams.

Behavioural Diagrams

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The UML’s behavioural diagrams document the dynamic aspects of a system.

Applying The UML

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It’s only through using The UML that you gain experience of it and become proficient in it.

Using Visio

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Visio is a very common modelling tool. Visio has its own stencils, but others are available.

Using Draw.IO

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Draw.IO (aka provides excellent browser-based and desktop alternative to Visio.

Using PlantUML

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Quickly describe UML diagrams in text and PlantUML will convert them into diagrams.